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In this Newsletter 

Hello  HIP Allies, in this issue of our newsletter, we bring to you: 

  • Welcoming New HIP Members and Allies 
  • Be Inspired by HIP Stories: Our Blog
  • Message from the Chair 
  • Join the Movement 
  • Upcoming Events, and Activities
Join the movement at
HIP Ally Members
  • June Davies
  • Kristiana Grace
  • Laura MacKenzie
  • Joshua Lange
  • Eva Dusome
  • Kamran Aslam
  • Donna Graham
  • Juanita Hodgson
  • Richard Istead
  • Brian Callaghan
  • Meghan Marshall
  • Garfield Olson
  • Francois Godbout
  • Sara Haarper
  • Jim & Joan Brown Lee
  • Ashley Butt
  • John Kibblewhite
  • Madeleine King
  • Marjorie Reid
  • Barbara Young
  • Sarah Letkeman
  • Ashley Brown
  • Margaret Shibley
  • Elizabeth Landers
  • Jackie Paduano
  • Janet Tolton
  • Stephanie Beaumier
  • Vitra Chodha
  • Kim Schaaf
  • Jetty Koers
  • William Robson
  • Dr. Michael Bahn
  • Cynthia Lockhart
  • James Johansen
  • Don Wakefield
  • Terrie Jarvis
  • Freddie Campbell
  • Anne Lane
  • Garth Gordon
  • Maureen McDonnell
  • Namioah DeMatas
  • Sue Northey
  • Vic Wiebe
  • Shelby MacGougan
  • Patty Sprague
  • Bev Harrington
  • Kelsey Horning
  • Shelbie Chamberlain
  • Kim Godin
  • Rob Pope
  • Margan Dawson
  • Elizabeth Harris
  • Carol Matthews
  • Brian Matthews
  • Seema Dosaj
  • Diana Meskauskas
  • Doug Wallace
  • Mary & Bill Holland
HIP Ally Organizations
  • Rotary Club of Walkerton
  • Female Co. Handmade Jewellery
  • Rotary Club of Perth(ON)
  • DriveWise
  • Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown
  • Rotary Club of Wenatchee Confluence
  • Soap for Hope Canada
  • Rotaract Club of Toronto
  • Loca Laboratories
  • Rotary Club of Semiahmoo(White Rock)
  • Rotary Club of Scarborough
  • Cameron Group International
  • St. Paul's United Church
  • Sir Winston Churchill Sec. School
  • Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise
  • Rotary Club of Ottawa West
  • Rotary District 7910
  • Andrea Howard
  • Silva Elson
  • Sue Flanagan
  • Amanda Quibell
  • Sue Morandini
  • Deniege Brant
  • Victoria Shymlosky
  • Richard Brown
  • Bre Paszkat
  • Josh McIlmoyle
  • Moya Webb
  • Paul Mulvihill
  • Bob Waram
  • Sarah DeGraaf
  • Russ McMurchie
  • Elizabeth Harris
  • Lew Ford
  • Mary Coward
  • Martin Hefferon
  • Brant Matthews
  • Veena Lewis
An evening presented by Rotary Toronto Eglinton and 
Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP)
On November 11th, the Rotary Club of Eglinton and (HIP) Honouring Indigenous Peoples will be hosting an evening of Indigenous entertainment, live and silent auction, as well as food and drinks. Be sure to save the date in your calendar and watch for more information. A limited number of tickets will be made available soon. 
Orange Shirt Day
Read all HIP stories by visiting
  • New "Indigenous Peoples Experience" at Fort Edmonton
Fort Edmonton has opened this summer after extensive renovations including a new Indigenous Peoples Experience that tells many personal stories from centuries ago to the present.

More HIP Stories!
Follow Chris’s journey on Facebook @70YearVolunteer & Twitter @70YearVolunteer
Hello, All,  She Kon

This Summer

Nora slowly closed the book and sat in silence. Tears began to fall as the impact of the story started to sink in and sadness and anger took over. A hockey career at first exciting and promising but in the end finished and overtaken by alcohol when Saul the main character in the book discovered the real reason for the priest's special attention. Newspaper accounts could never compete with this beautifully written and insightful story Indian Horse by Anishinaabe writer Richard Wagamese

There are in fact many wonderful and insightful books by Indigenous writers. They include the Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King ( and the dry sounding but informative and fast paced book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act  by Chief Bob Joseph (

The discovery of the 215 graves in Kamploops was not new news but its announcement has triggered reaction around the globe and increased awareness and interest in Indigenous Peoples across the country. People from all backgrounds were upset - how could this have happened in Canada? Many opined we should not have Canada Day. The question, what can I do to help was answered by people of every colour, religion and ethnic background, many of them newcomers to Canada. But sit with your discomfort because this is where true growth and change comes from.

In my opinion, it is not a time to ignore what has and is happening but is a time to listen and reach out to Indigenous Peoples, get to know and understand each other and become aware of, not ignore the real history of Canada. What better time than now when there are daily reports in the media and summer is here which for many provides time to do such things.

While COVID has its limitations, there could be opportunities soon to visit reserves, go to pow wows and visit friendship centres. We can also view documentaries, listen to podcasts and watch videos on HIP's website, talk to people about Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Peoples themselves. Learn that there are over 600 First Nations, Inuit, Metis who comprise the First Peoples in Canada.

You could also make it a summer project to read their stories as Nora has. Some of their stories are tragic but some are uplifting and filled with positive happenings. The media have noticed this and we are seeing more reports of positive Indigenous happenings like the Indigenous Business Development, Buffalo Run in Calgary(a consortium of First Nations wanting to buy 50% of Trans Mountain Pipelines) and the purchase of Clearwater Fisheries in the Maritimes. There is also the Indigenous running of their outstanding school system in Nova Scotia. There are so many positive stories and I've just touched on them. Indigenous culture is rich and diverse.

There are also groups of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples working together such as the Y2Y Indigenous and non-Indigenous land-based training this fall being facilitated by HIP. What better way to work together than on the environment.

The legacy we can leave of the tragic learning about these graves is to find out about each other and build better understanding and relationships.

Have a great summer!

Chris Snyder
Co-Chair, HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples)
ABOUT CHRIS: Chris is the author of Creating Opportunities: A Volunteer’s Memoir and an active member of the Rotary Club of Toronto. Chris is currently Chair of HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) and Past Chair of the Canadian Landmine Foundation . He has sat on a number of not-for-profit boards, including currently serving on the board of CUSO and the Trudeau Centre of Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk Centre (University of Toronto).  He is the recipient of many volunteer and community service awards.


August 9, 2021: International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples

Sept. 30, 2021: Orange Shirt Day

SAVE THE DATE - Nov. 11, 2021:  RC of Eglinton & HIP Fundraiser - watch for details

Click here to view the full Calendar of Events!
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